Stan and Sylvia Rashbrook enjoy the gala.

Stan and Sylvia Rashbrook enjoy the gala.

Hospital gala fundraising tops $55,000

The final figures aren’t in yet but by all accounts the Mid-Winter Night’s Dream hospital gala was another big success Saturday evening.

The final figures aren’t in yet but by all accounts the Mid-Winter Night’s Dream hospital gala was another big success Saturday evening.

Held at Sacred Heart Church Hall the gala is the main fundraiser of the year for the Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust which is raising money to purchase a new CT Scanner for Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

“Everything seemed to go really well so we are anticipating another good year,” says trust co-chair Rick Nelson.

Although figures have not yet been finalized, Nelson says they expect the total to top $55,000 after expenses.

In addition to the $100 a plate tickets to the formal gala the event includes both silent and live auctions supported by local businesses.

For the past nine years Woodland Jewellers has also held a jewellery raffle to fundraise for the hospital. For the previous eight years jeweller Geoff Bourdon has designed and made a one-of- a-kind ring for the raffle.

This year he changed things up by making a beautiful pendant instead. The draw for the pendant was made late in the evening during the gala.

The pendant was won by Kari Urquhart, says Woodland Jewellers’ Cindy Watt.

The raffle raised a total of $11,460 for the hospital, Watt reports. If all 600 of the $20 raffle tickets had sold, the raffle would have raised $12,000 for the hospital.

During seven of the nine years, Woodland’s has been holding its raffle for the hospital, the tickets have all sold out.  In total the raffles have raised almost $100,000 over the years.

Watt says many people were pleased with the idea of the pendant this year instead of the traditional ring.

“We had a lot of people say they absolutely loved that it was a pendant,” Watt says.

Nelson says organizers very much appreciate all the donations of auction items for the gala donated by local businesses.

“I hope that Williams Lake residents will support these businesses who so generously support the Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust and its efforts to purchase equipment for the hospital,” Nelson says.

The new CT Scanner will cost about $1 million of which the foundation has committed to raising $250,000, he says.